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Strength and Conditioning Certification

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The AFPA Strength and Conditioning Certification course offers an in-depth look at strength training for the upper, lower and core sections of the body; safe and effective personalized training programs for men, women, children, and the elderly; strength and conditioning programs for athletes of all types for various sports at various ages and much more!

Drawing on the latest scientific principles and theories related to resistance training, this program provides the “how” and the “why” behind the proper performance of popular upper-body, lower-body and trunk exercises. By understanding the purpose and correct form for each exercise, you can gain the full benefit each exercise provides and avoid injury. You will also learn the latest information related to resistance training program design, training systems, periodization principles and a continuum of training programs.

Upon completion of the Strength and Conditioning Certification course you’ll be able to design scientifically sound resistance training programs, modify and adapt programs to meet the needs of special populations, and implement strength building exercise programs design build power and strength.

Strength and Conditioning Certification Course Includes:

  • No Travel Is Necessary
  • Study at your own pace
  • Test When You’re Ready – Complete examination anytime within 6 months from enrollment 
  • All Learning Materials Included -  Course Textbook, Instructional DVDs, examination
  • Unlimited Student Support – Before, during and after enrollment 
  • No Added Fees - All materials and examination included 
  • Weekly AFPA eNews with latest health and fitness trends 
  • Member Discount offers
  • AFPA offers many fitness specialty and advanced certification programs when you are ready to expand your career options in the fitness field

Strength and Conditioning Certification Course Topics Include, but not limited to:

  • Basic Principles of Resistance Training and Exercise Prescription
  • Types of Strength Training
  • Comparison of Training Types
  • Neuromuscular Physiology and Adaptations to Resistance Training
  • Integrating Other Fitness Components
  • Does Resistance Training Affect Endurance
  • Does Resistance Training Affect Flexibility
  • Exercise Prescription of Resistance Training
  • Developing the Individualized Resistance Training Workout
  • Acute Program Variables
  • Resistance Training Systems and Techniques
  • Single-Set System
  • Multiple-Set System
  • Exercise Order Systems
  • Training Techniques Applicable to Other Systems
  • Specialized Systems and Techniques
  • Advanced Training Strategies
  • Periodization of Resistance Training
  • Plyometrics
  • Two Training Sessions in One Day
  • The Detraining Phenomenon
  • Women, Children, and Seniors and Resistance Training
  • New information on incorporating popular bodybuilding systems
  • 80 exercises that cause the greatest stimulation in the muscles
  • Nutrition periodization program to meet the body needs during training
  • Case studies with examples of exercise prescription design in real-life situations involving wrestling, personal fitness, volleyball and much more 

Strength and Conditioning Certification Course Learning Objectives:

  • Define the process of progressive muscular overload with application to power athletes.
  • Demonstrate the differences between various types of resistance training techniques and their application for various sports and activities.
  • Explore the cardio-vascular training effects and high intensity resistance training effects on over-all cardio-vascular health.
  • Identify the physiological effects on the human body are associated with utilizing super sets, giant sets, and tri-setting.
  • Construct a sprint training program to improve speed during the off-season.
  • Design an exercise program based on the principals of specialization and lifting techniques.
  • Recognize the detraining phenomenon on both motor performance and strength loss.
  • Compare and contrast strength movements such as bench press, squat, and dead lift to explosive power movements such as clean, high pull and snatch.
  • Administer a safe, effective and reasonable training program to improve over-all power and strength development.

Learning Format:

  • Comprehensive manuals, video lessons, and written exam. Submit exam by mail or email.   

Exam Requirement:  

  • Passing exam with 85% or higher. Two attempts at the exam are given. 

Retest Fee:  

  • $50 retest fee applies if the passing requirement is not met at the end of the second exam attempt.

Completion Time:

  • Approximately 100 hours (complete within 6 months of purchase)
  • After successful completion, you will earn a "Certificate in Strength and Conditioning".

 Requirements for enrollment:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Personal Trainer Certification or similar suggested

 Continuing Education Credits/Units:

  • 16.0 / 100 hours 

Recertification Requirements:

  • 16.0 CEC's
  • Proof of CPR

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